Is your milk about to expire? If you don’t know how to use it up, start by making yourself a bath with this Soothing Milk Bath Recipe!
While we sometimes can go through a gallon of milk in a day, there are days when we won’t finish a whole gallon and it just sits there looming towards its expiration date.
I hate being wasteful, and I try to get as much use out of everything that I can so instead of being sent down the drain, I’ve found several ways to use it up!
A gallon of milk costs nearly $4 so I figure if I already have it, I might as well use it.
Here are 17 ways to use milk to make sure you don’t waste another gallon.
Soothing Milk Bath Recipe
Whole fat milk has amazing skin benefits including leaving your skin feeling soft and it also acts as an exfoliate.
If your milk is almost expiring, fill a muffin tin with milk and freeze. Once frozen, add the milk disks to a plastic freezer baggy to use in your bath.
Create a soothing milk bath with this recipe!
Milk Bath Recipe:
- Add 1 cup whole fat milk (or 1 frozen milk cup disk) to the bath water as it is filling. The frozen milk will melt as the hot water fills the bath.
- 4-6 drops of Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium or Jojoba Essential Oils (or other essential oils of choice – don’t use any “Hot” oils, such as Oregano, Peppermint, and Cinnamon)
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda (works as a skin softener)
- If you have any Epson salts on hand, use 1 cup for added benefits of easing aches and pains.
- Don’t forget the candles and relaxing music!
When my guys were little we would regularly give them a milk bath and then slather them with baby lotion. It made their skin so soft! Ahhh the good old days!
Milk makes a great conditioner to restore damaged hair. After you shampoo, pour 1/8 cup of milk over your hair and rinse.
Or let it soak in while taking your milk bath!
Did you know you can make homemade yogurt in a crockpot? With only 5 minutes of “hands-on” time!
This is a great way to put your near expired milk to good use.
Make your own homemade cheese.
This recipe takes an entire gallon of milk which is perfect for those times you forget you already bought milk or find a great sale.
Breakfast for dinner is practically a staple in our home. Most pancake mixes require milk and eggs to make, which means you can use up the last of your milk with a big batch of pancakes!
This is also a great way to create a make-ahead breakfast. Just freeze the pancakes individually or place a sheet of wax paper between the cakes and place them into a freezer plastic baggy and then into the freezer. The wax paper will prevent them from sticking to each other and then you can grab however many you want without having the thaw the entire batch.
Homemade Buttermilk can be used to make biscuits or a variety of other baked goods.
This recipe can be made in 10 minutes or less!
During the cooler months, hot chocolate is a frequent beverage around here.
Making hot chocolate with milk tastes WAY better than making it with water, so it’s a double bonus.
We make a big batch in the crockpot and it never lasts long.
Sour milk with a splash of citrus or vinegar makes a great silver polish.
Soak in the milk mixture, wash, rinse, and dry to bring new life to your old silverware. Who knew?!
Making pudding from scratch is a great way to use up your milk, giving it a longer lifespan and a yummy treat.
It only takes 6 ingredients and can be made in 30 minutes! YUM!
Add It To Your Coffee
If you are a coffee lover like I am, you go through a lot of coffee creamer!
Use up the last of the milk as creamer by adding some sweetener. Obviously, it’ll be slightly thinner than coffee creamer… but it will help the milk not go to waste!
Put It In Your Cereal
I know this one seems like a no-brainer, but when you’re panicking to finish your milk you might forget something as basic as a bowl of cereal. Cereal also makes for a great afternoon snack.
We often have quick cereal dinners at our house. It’s filling and fast!
Add It To Your Corn
Did you know that boiling your corn on the cobb in a little milk will make it taste sweeter? Sure does!
The ratio is 7 cups of water to 1 cup of milk for about 8 ears of corn
When making corn on the cob, simply add a little milk to the water before bringing it to a boil. You don’t even need to rinse off the milk before eating.
Use It To Help Thaw Fish
Put the frozen fish in a dish of milk to thaw out.
Milk can also be used to bread your chicken and fish for frying. Yummy!
Milkshakes & Smoothies
Of course! Whip up a batch of milkshakes or smoothies with your leftover milk. Add yogurt, fruit, milk, and ice to make your own delicious smoothie creations. For your own milkshakes, add milk, ice cream and pile on your favorite toppings!
This is a no-brainer especially if you have kids. Make a batch of ice cream using milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt!
I had no idea you could make this at home and with only two ingredients: whole fat milk and lemon juice!
Check out this recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking!
I had no idea you could make this at home and with only three ingredients: whole fat milk, salt and lemon juice! We use this a lot in our smoothies and shakes and it makes it so creamy and delicious.
Check out this recipe from Food Republic!
If you are scourging ways to use up the last of the gallon of milk too, here are some great uses to finish it up and not waste it.
You can always freeze your milk in a muffin tin to use any day of the week for the Milk Bath Recipe.
Why would you want to waste it when you can make delicious creations from it!
YOUR TURN: How do you use your almost expired milk? Let me know in the comments below!
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